The Lost Cause Narrative and its perpetuation through Charleston, South Carolina’s Historical Tourism

Student(s):

Aria Springfield, Senior, History, College of Arts and Letters

Faculty Mentor(s):

Dr. Keri Petersen, Johnson C. Smith University

Discipline:

Humanities

Abstract:

The “Lost Cause” is an ideology that supports the cause of the Confederacy during the American Civil War as a just and heroic one. The Lost Cause does not take into account the role of slavery and the African American experience. Historical site representations of the “Lost Cause” are one-dimensional and obscure. There is a need to investigate the fallacy of the Lost Cause and its perpetuation in historical tourism spaces, particularly Charleston, SC. The researcher conducted qualitative research-historical design and thematic analysis to investigate how the “Lost Cause” perpetuates itself in Charleston, SC’s historical tourism industry. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and Drayton Hall, were among the five sites toured. Preliminary findings were the misrepresentation of slavery as it pertains to these sites. There was a lack of records and documentations on slaves and freedmen.

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